Check List 16(3): 729-735, doi: 10.15560/16.3.729
New Pampas cat Leopardus colocolo (Molina, 1782) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) records for the Chaco ecoregion raise questions on the distribution and population status of this felid in Argentina
expand article infoAna Sofía Nanni, Lucila Castro§, Griet An Erica Cuyckens|, Fernando R. Barri, Anthony J. Giordano#, Mauro Lucherini¤«
‡ Residencia Universitaria Horco Molle, Tucumán, Argentina§ Instituto de Diversidad y Ecología Anima, Córdoba, Argentina| Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina¶ Instituto de Diversidad y Ecología Animal, Córdoba, Argentina# Field Projects and Conservation Science, S.P.E.C.I.E.S., California, United States of America¤ Instituto de Ciencias Biológicas y Biomédicas del Sur (INBIOSUR-CONICET), Bahía Blanca, Argentina« Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
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The Pampas cat is a poorly-known small felid distributed throughout a large portion of South America, reported as extinct in the Pampas of Argentina, and absent from a large portion of the Argentine Dry Chaco. Here, we compile data from the field and collections to report new presence records of the Pampas cat from the Dry Chaco of Argentina, which update to the distribution of this felid in the region.  We discuss the need of further assessments for the species distribution in the light of ongoing land-use changes in the area.

Dry Chaco, land-cover change, medium-large mammals, silvopastoral systems, gato del pajonal, conservation